• Sabathia To Start Game 4 In ALCS

    Posted by on October 18th, 2009 · Comments (5)

    I just heard at the end of MLB Tonight (on the MLB Network around 8 pm ET) that Joe Girardi announced within the hour that C.C. Sabathia will start Game Four of the 2009 ALCS in Los Angeles. Here are the games, in his career, where Sabathia has pitched on three-days rest, as he will in Game Four:

     Cnt Date        Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit GmSc ERA
    +----+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+----+
       1 2008-09-28 MIL  CHC W  3-1  CG 9  ,W   9    4  1  0  1  7  0 122  83  0.00
       2 2008-09-24 MIL  PIT W  4-2  GS-7  ,W   7    4  1  1  2 11  0 108  74  1.29
       3 2008-09-20 MIL @CIN L  3-4  GS-6  ,L   5.2  7  4  1  1  3  0 105  47  1.59
       4 2001-10-07 CLE @TOR W  3-2  GS-5  ,W   5    1  1  1  2  5  0  71  64  1.80
       

     

    As you can see, Sabathia has done well, during the regular season, pitching on three-days rest, when called upon to do it. Of course, facing the Angels will not be the same as facing the Cubs, Pirates or Reds as the season is coming to a close…

    Should be interesting to see if this works for the Yankees or not. Then again, CC on three days is probably better than Chad Gaudin, right? What do you think of Girardi’s call here?

    Comments on Sabathia To Start Game 4 In ALCS

    1. EHawk
      October 19th, 2009 | 1:07 am

      It’s a no brainer and has to be done. If he pitches game 4 win or lose he is then setup to pitch game 7 on normal rest. If they were to pitch Gaudin then you’d be throwing Pettitte in game 7. Not that that is a bad thing but you want your ace on the mound for a game 7 if possible.

    2. YankCrank
      October 19th, 2009 | 9:22 am

      It makes perfect sense. The playoffs are not a time to get cute and take a chance. Get CC in there and set him up for a Game 7, if possible.

    3. MJ
      October 19th, 2009 | 9:44 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Of course, facing the Angels will not be the same as facing the Cubs as the season is coming to a close…Should be interesting to see if this works for the Yankees or not. Then again, CC on three days is probably better than Chad Gaudin, right? What do you think of Girardi’s call here?

      First, the Cubs were arguably the best team in the NL in 2008 and scored the most runs in the NL by a fairly significant margin. While the NL may be the AL’s step-sister, it’s hard to paint the ’08 Cubs as being vastly inferior to the ’09 Angels. From the looks of it, the Cubs played all their regulars that day, so it wasn’t a lineup of call-ups.

      Second, yes, I think Girardi made absolutely the right call. Given the fact that the weather held up and the Yanks are now able to execute the plan to pitch a three-man rotation, there’s absolutely no reason not to. If the Yanks lose today — certainly a possibility — we get our ace on the hill to make sure the losing streak ends at one game. If the Yanks win today — also a possibility — we get our ace on the hill to pitch in the potential series-clinching game.

      Sabathia is not only paid like an ace, he truly is one. To even consider giving the ball to someone like Gaudin or #62 would be lunacy. Why’d we get a stud like CC if we don’t intend to maximize him while the ballclub is on the precipice of finally winning another pennant?

      I like Girardi’s call here and I hope tonight’s game goes according to the recent script so that CC can taste the thrill of pennant victory with his fingerprints all over the hopefully-joyous result.

    4. Raf
      October 19th, 2009 | 10:37 am

      Yeah, it’s a no-brainer to start CC tomorrow. Now is not the time to get cute with someone like Gaudin or Joba.

    5. #15
      October 19th, 2009 | 11:53 am

      Having considered for several days now… CC should be on the bump. We only need to think in terms of 6 innings, and with a break or two (like Andy going deep today), we might be talking about maybe 90 pitches and then roll out the Fighting 7-8-9th Armed Cavalry.

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